12 Parenting Rules You Can Break
Embrace your inner mom-rebel and say goodbye to advice that's not right for you
by Charlotte Latvala
the rule: Don't worry about housework when you have a baby around.
the reality: Falling into total chaos does not help a new mom's stress level.
Tara Feaster, mom of 4-year-old Cassie
and 2-year-old Robert in the Bronx, New York, says that managing even a small task like getting laundry done gives her a sense of accomplishment and control. "With two small kids, our house is a disaster area," she says. "I somehow find peace in putting all their toys away, and when things are neat, it actually helps me relax."
For those who lean to the anal-retentive side, doing even one minor chore per day (sorting out a closet, organizing a bookshelf, throwing away old food from the fridge or pantry) can help them feel closer to normalcy.